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Semtech and Alibaba expand IoT in China

The collaboration secures and establishes the radio spectrum for the rapid growth of IoT solutions for multiple markets

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The two companies want enterprises across China to benefit from the connectivity
The two companies want enterprises across China to benefit from the connectivity

Semiconductor supplier, Semtech, and Alibaba Cloud have extended their partnership as they work together to expand the Internet of Things in China and help enterprises to adopt the Semtech long range (LoRa) radio frequency technology.


The joint effort secures and establishes the radio spectrum for the rapid growth of IoT solutions for multiple vertical markets and new use cases across the country, including in areas such as logistics tracking, air quality, food safety compliance, and smoke detecting safety.

 

LoRa Airship unveiled


Alibaba Cloud also introduced what it claims is the industry’s first LoRa-based Airship Balloon, which can connect sensors from 20m underground to 40,000m above ground, demonstrating the extensive capabilities of LoRa Technology including long range, simple and flexible network deployment.


“As one of the leading enterprise members of the LoRa Alliance, Alibaba Cloud continuously promotes the progress and popularisation of LoRa Technology in China as well as globally,” said Wei Wu, director of ecological cooperation, Alibaba Cloud IoT.

 

“It provides a complete set of low-power, wide area network solutions for key industries in China including smart meters, smart cities, smart manufacturing, smart agriculture and other fields.”


Alibaba Cloud demonstrated one of the potential use cases in a video to more than 60,000 attendees of its Cloud Computing Conference 2018. It displayed an unmanned vehicle delivering a package with real-time tracking and event detection.

“Semtech’s collaboration with Alibaba Cloud is fuelling the device, network and application (DNA) of IoT in China”

The company indicated that in the near future, China’s IoT industry will leverage Semtech’s LoRa Technology due to its long range, low power capabilities with a simple, flexible network to develop innovative and unique use cases to complement the connectivity of wi-fi, Bluetooth and cellular technologies.


“Semtech’s collaboration with Alibaba Cloud is fuelling the device, network and application (DNA) of IoT in China,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president and general manager of Semtech’s wireless and sensing products group. “LoRa will be the enabler of low power connected devices with its key capabilities – simple, flexible, proven, and easy to deploy.


“Our collaboration with Alibaba Cloud strengthens LoRa to become a core technology for the IoT industry. The abundant amount of low power IoT use cases emerging in China leveraging Semtech’s LoRa Technology will position the platform as the de facto IoT solution, and we anticipate Alibaba will be one of the industry leaders as it strengthens its ecosystem of IoT partners in China.”


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